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I can work within most budgets. The important thing is to be honest up front about what you are hoping to spend. My painting services can range from $400 to $4,000 or more for residential and commercial projects. The design can be super detailed or simple with bold impact. The options are truly endless. Based on what you would like to spend, I can make suggestions and tailor the design to meet your budget.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to paint?

A mural can take anywhere from 8 – 80 hours, depending on the size of the mural and the amount of detail required. As a rule of thumb, an 8 x 10 ft space will take on average about 10 – 15 hours, or 1.5 – 2 days. Faux finishes may take longer based on the technique. The average time for a residential room is 4 days. But ultimately, the work isn’t complete until the customer says it’s exactly what they wanted.

How much do you charge?

Price is based on the overall job, not on an hourly rate. I will make an estimate based on the design and skill/time needed to complete the work to my strict specifications. Materials are typically not included in the price quote. Again, if you have a budget in mind, it’s best to tell me ahead of time so we can design the perfect project to suit your needs without overspending.

What do you paint with?

For interior painting, latex and acrylic paints are typically what I prefer. These paints are durable, fast-drying, and hold their vibrant colors. For certain projects, I might recommend a protective clear coating to guard against high wear and tear, such as kitchen areas and playrooms.

What about trademarked characters?

I prefer to paint my own designs and not trademarked characters; that way you are getting an original work of art and I take pride in putting my signature on each custom creation. Due to copyright laws, trademarked characters are not allowed to be painted in public spaces without proper consent. For children, it’s better to be broader in scope. For instance, paint a forest theme for a Winnie the Pooh nursery or an under-the-sea scene for the Little Mermaid.

My Process

1. Measurements & Site Visit

Call or email me to discuss your project. I have many years of experience and can give good advice. Sometimes I can give you an estimate without seeing the space, but other times I prefer a site visit. Initial appointments are free of charge within a limited area around Northern Virginia.

2. Proposal & Estimate

Once I have all the information I need for your project, I’ll give you an estimate based on the scope of work we’ve discussed. You will receive a price for the overall project as well as a materials estimate.

3. Contract & Deposit

Next, if you agree to the terms and pricing and would like to move forward, a signed contract and 50% deposit is required prior to working.

4. Conceptual Drawing

For some projects, I will create a detailed final sketch before beginning the painting. This final sketch will incorporate all the design elements we’ve discussed, taking into consideration placement of furniture and color schemes. Though not as detailed and drawn to a much smaller scale, your final sketch will give you a good idea of how the final mural will look.

5. Let the Painting Begin!

Once the final sketch is approved and any changes have been discussed, it’s time to start painting. It’s fun to watch a mural come to life. It’s a layering process that doesn’t always look pretty at first. But as the colors come together and details are added, the walls seem to take on a life of their own!